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usage of RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators

I am applying GPO for Point and Print as per Microsoft recommendation: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/kb5005010-restricting-installation-of-new-printer-drivers-after-applying-the-july-6-2021-updates-31b91c02-05bc-4ada-a7ea-183b129578a7

The GPO seems to work fine, but I do not understand the meaning of this Registry dword: RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators. Do I need to manually add it since the GPO does not add that Registry dword ?

Though I have added it to the Client computer to which I applied the GPO, but I did not see any difference.

Any help will be very much appreciated

Thank you

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8/22/2022 - Mon

It looks to me like that overrides the point and print GPO to only allow admins to install drivers. It is basically a workaround to secure the system against the printnightmare. 

But I logged in to the client computer as regular domain user and was able to use UNC path  to print server and install the printer.

You created the key on the client:  RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators  and set the value to 1.
I dont know if it would require a reboot after you created the key to restrict.
However as long as that key is set to 1 it should require admin rights to install a driver.

Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

Also just to confirm the user is not in the local admin group on the PC correct?

You created the key on the client:  RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators  and set the value to 1.
I also rebooted the client.

I looked and User1 is not local admin
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I guess the reason was I used window 2016 server as client.
Now I am using windows 10

I am not using this dword string anymore: RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators

I have set up the GPO as shown below:
Now when Regular user  connects to the Print server and select a printer it will prompt him to Install Driver , he selects that and it starts copying files, however it will prompt him to enter administrator credentials when it is done copying files. The purpose of this GPO is to prevent that, as Print Server name to which regular user is connecting to  is listed on the GPO.

by the way the GPO when it is applied to the  computer, it will create the Dword strings shown below:
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Well, Testing always help.
I realized the GPO above , all it does is limiting regular users to which print servers they can connect /install drivers.
Though in the GPO I selected "do not show warning or elevated prompt" , but I keep seeing the UAC prompt popping up
So, without this dword string : RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators = 0 on the client registry in addition to the GPO,  the regular user will always gets the UAC prompt to enter elevated credentials.